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- adj. Of or pertaining to inflection.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a point of inflection of a curve.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to inflection; having, or characterized by, inflection.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or having inflection.
- In grammar, exhibiting inflection; inflective; pertaining to inflection.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by inflections indicating grammatical distinctions
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Throbert McGee: and still have a good recollection of the rather complicated patterns of inflectional suffixes for Latin nouns andverbs.
Akkadian, meanwhile, is inflectional, so that a basic root can be modified to create words with different, if related, meanings by adding vowels, suffixes, and prefixes.
Su and Cheung are both in the process of releasing much-needed new child corpora, with Su focusing on (if I remember correctly) optional infinitives (to the extent such can be recognized in a language with no inflectional morphology) and lexical tone, and Cheung focusing on argument structure alternations.
For a number of years now, Michael Tomasello has been arguing that perhaps linguistic structure is not nearly so complex and does not require nearly so many abstract components like inflectional phrases, particularly in the case of child speech.
The Santorini & Kroch tree makes considerable use of "inflectional phrases," which weren't a part of the sentence diagrams I learned in school.
I got hold of an electronic copy of the paper and counted the number of different words it contained grouping inflectional variations, such as walk/walks/walking/walked, as a single item, or lexeme, as linguists call it.
Adding semantic and inflectional information to the space of possibilities only makes the explosion more explosive.
Mr. Thacker's point that both English and Chinese have a lot of inflectional sounds, usually associated with vowels, is indeed thought-provoking.
When Roger Lass states, "But loanwords are less common in 'core' areas of the lexicon like the names of body-parts, numerals, kinship terms, or grammatical categories like inflectional endings."
The inscriptions that are available to us are from quite late in the Old Persian period, and already show a number of signs of the nightmare that is Middle Persian during which the language turned its whole inflectional system inside out.
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